Inside FWISD July 21, 2018


Do you know your school’s new start time? Fort Worth ISD has created a 30-second commercial in English and Spanish to remind all students and parents of three things:

Monday, August 20 is the first day of the 2018-19 school year

This new school year has new start times

You can find your school’s start time at www.fwisd.org

The commercial will air on television and radio and in movie theaters. We will also post it on all our social media to make sure students are on time the first day – Monday, August 20 – and every day!



Eight FWISD Students to join lockheed martin high school internship program

Eight rising seniors from the Fort Worth ISD are among the new internship class being recognized at the Lockheed Martin signing day event, Monday, July 23.

The Lockheed Martin High School Internship Program includes 47 incoming seniors from the Arlington, Crowley, Fort Worth and Keller school districts who will intern with the company weekly August 2018- May 2019. The student interns will be placed in fields including quality, production operations, IT and engineering and technology, serving in a variety of roles, including but not limited to quality control, business analysis, integration and testing, software engineering, electronics engineering and aeronautical engineering.

The program will welcome this year’s interns and also introduce students who started as high school interns in 2014, who will receive job offers with the company upon graduating college next year.

The Fort Worth ISD students joining this year’s intern class include:

Benbrook Middle/ High School: Payton Lucas, Connor MacAdam, and Mason Thielvoldt;

Western Hills High School: Lessly Ariza;

Young Men’s Leadership Academy: Matthew Burgos;

Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Jasmine Castaneda, Mia Flores and Lezly Sierra.

Lockheed Martin’s High School Internship Program is a partnership with Project Lead the Way that originated in 2014 with the goal of high school students beginning an internship with Lockheed Martin that continues through their college years and ultimately concludes with the student becoming a full-time engineer for the company.

“Signing Day is an exciting milestone for our Project Lead The Way students, and really the culmination of their PLTW experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram PLTW president and chief executive officer. “At PLTW, we’re focused on providing transformative learning experiences for PreK-12 students that equip them with the in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive in college and their careers. We’re grateful for this partnership with Lockheed Martin that is further providing students with real-world learning experiences and connecting them to exciting career possibilities. What a tremendous opportunity for these students, and congratulations to them on their achievements, hard work, and success.”

The Signing Day event will include remarks from Lockheed Martin and Project Lead the Way officials.

This year marks the first year the Lockheed Martin High School Internship Program is expanding to three area school districts. Originally launched with five students at Arlington ISD, the program currently has more than 60 student interns in addition to the nearly 50 interns joining the program this August. According to Lockheed Martin officials, more than 85 percent of the current interns are continuing to pursue STEM degrees to date.

Students were encouraged to apply for the highly sought-after internship during the previous school year.

Interns from Fort Worth will serve as ambassadors to incoming juniors within the District who look to apply for the program next year.

All PLTW (Project Lead the Way) students can apply for the internship program. PLTW is an educational organization that provides curriculum, instruction, and professional development around engineering, biomedical sciences and computer science. PLTW is nationally-recognized, and partners with Fortune 500 companies, like Lockheed Martin, to provide teachers and students with powerful curriculum and opportunities outside of the classroom. The high schools that employ the PLTW Engineering curriculum are Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Western Hills, Benbrook, YMLA and YWLA.


Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner announced Wednesday, July 18, that Fort Worth native Troy Langston, currently the principal at the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS), will become the new principal at R.L. Paschal High School, replacing Dr. Terri Mossige. Dr. Mossige accepted a position in another school district.

Mr. Langston has been a professional educator for 22 years. He grew up in the Diamond Hill area of Fort Worth and attended M.H. Moore Elementary, S.S. Dillow Elementary, and the High School for Science and Engineering Professions at P.L Dunbar High School. Mr. Langston earned a BA in Anthropology from UTA, a BS in Zoology from UT Austin, and a MEd from UTA. He taught Biology, Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Biology for eleven years at Carter Riverside High School and served as Assistant Principal at P.L. Dunbar High School for the four years before transferring to TABS.

In the seven years that Mr. Langston has led the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences it has become one of Texas’ highest achieving schools.

Paschal teachers, staff and parents are invited to meet Mr. Langston on Tuesday, July 24, in the school’s new cafeteria, according to the following schedule:

Teachers/Staff – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Parents – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Scribner is also very pleased to announce that Oscar Adams, the principal at Rosemont Middle School for the last two years, will assume duties as the principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He replaces SaJade Miller who is now the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Innovation.

Mr. Adams is an 18 year education veteran who began his career as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. He has also served as an assistant principal at Dunbar Middle School (now J. Martin Jacquet Middle School), Rosemont Middle School, and Benbrook Middle-High School.

He attended both Langston University and Central Oklahoma University from which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his education earning a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Texas Woman’s University.

Under Mr. Adams’ leadership Rosemont achieved six out of seven Texas Education Agency distinction designations for the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Adams is excited to continue the work begun by Mr. Miller in ensuring that all students are prepared for success in college, career and community leadership.

Dunbar teachers, staff and parents are invited to meet Mr. Adams on Tuesday, July 24, in the school’s cafeteria, according to the following schedule:

Teachers/Staff – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Parents – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s award-winning STEM program aims to increase diversity in physician workforce.

Nearly 50 Fort Worth ISD students will participate in Junior Medical School, an award-winning, STEM program hosted by the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine.

Created in 2016, Junior Medical School inspires Fort Worth ISD students to explore the medical profession through interactive learning and mentorship by School of Medicine faculty and counselors. The program is made possible by Arnold and Harriette Gachman and Family, local physician volunteers, a partnership with Fort Worth Independent School District and a community grant from Constellation Energy.

“Our goal was to create an environment that excites students and inspires them to explore the possibilities of higher education through activities that many won’t have the opportunity to experience until they reach college,” said Tara Cunningham, Ed.D., associate dean of admissions and student diversity for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

The summer camp program has expanded to two weeks, July 23-27 and August 1-3. The first week, July 23-July 27, 20 eighth- and ninth-grade students will focus on developing healthy personal habits, including nutrition, adequate rest and goal-setting. Each student will create a community service project proposal, and one recipient will receive up to $500 to implement their project.

In the second week, August 1-3, 28 seventh-grade campers will learn about the various specialties in medicine, engage in hands-on activities and visit area healthcare facilities. Campers will experience surgical knot-tying, casting, and create and deliver a group skit about the traits of an Empathetic ScholarTM. Both camp sessions will be celebrated during a closing reception.

Students from 12 FWISD schools were selected to participate in this year’s Junior Medical School either by their respective school or applying for the camp through the UNT Health Science Center. Schools represented at the camp include Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Young Men’s Leadership Academy, J.P. Elder Middle School, Stripling Middle School, Trimble Technical High School, North Side High School, Pascal High School, Benbrook Middle-High School, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences and others

Nine college students, all of whom attend or are alumni of Texas Christian University, were selected to serve as camp counselors. All women, each counselor is interested in applying to medical or other health professional programs.

About the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is Fort Worth’s M.D. school, set to open with a class of 60 students in July 2019, pending accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. TCU and UNTHSC joined together in July 2015 to form this new allopathic medical school. The School of Medicine’s focus on communication, a first-of-its-kind curriculum and the development of Empathetic ScholarsTM uniquely positions the organization to radically transform medical education, improving care for future generations.

Back to School Roundup Registration Events Continue Through Aug. 7

Families can sign up for free school supplies at approximately 20 pre-registration events through August 7. The school supply giveaway will take place at Tarrant County’s 14th annual Back to School Roundup, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Pre-registration events kicked off June 27. Of those that remain, two are scheduled at Fort Worth ISD campuses:

Thursday, July 26

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Hills High School, 5701 Shelton St.

Wednesday, August 1

4 to 6 p.m., North Side High School, 2211 McKinley Ave.

Families that pre-register will receive a voucher admitting them to the Back to School Roundup and guaranteeing a free backpack and school supplies.

To qualify for the supplies, families must produce:

• Valid photo identification

• Proof of Tarrant County residency (water bill, electric bill, etc.)

• Proof of income (must meet 2018 poverty guidelines)

The Back to School Roundup is a one-stop shop event that prepares families for the upcoming school year with supplies, free haircuts, health, dental and vision screenings, immunizations, health and social resources.

For more details on pre-registration events, how to volunteer or donate, visit backtoschoolroundup.org.

FWISD Hires Senior Budget and Finance Officer

The Fort Worth Independent School District has selected David Johnson of Cleburne ISD as its new senior budget and finance officer.

He succeeds Lori Boswell who recently joined Weatherford ISD as its assistant superintendent of business and finance. Mr. Johnson starts work with the District, Tuesday, August 7.

The Board of Education unanimously approved Mr. Johnson’s hiring Tuesday, July 17.

“He has over 13 years’ experience in school finance and is very well-qualified to serve this District and this community as our senior budget and finance officer,” said Elsie Schiro, FWISD’s chief finance officer. “We really look forward to having him come aboard as soon as possible.”

The new senior budget and finance officer attended the July 17 board meeting with his wife and two of his three daughters.

Mr. Johnson is a certified public accountant and has worked as the Cleburne ISD chief financial officer the last decade.

Precautions Important for Beating the Heat

With outdoor temperatures expected to remain in the triple digits through next week, it’s extremely important to take precautions that prevent heat-related illnesses or injuries.

Please refer to the Fort Worth ISD Bulletin No. 1 for heat precaution and ozone level guidelines.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for Tarrant County and surrounding areas throughout the weekend, as temperatures are expected to reach between 105 and 110 degrees.

“Very hot temperatures will lead to dangerous conditions for anyone spending time outdoors,” according to a National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook. “Proper precautions should be taken to prevent heat-related illnesses.”

Because of the oppressive heat, the City of Fort Worth announced Wednesday that it’s temporarily closing the Log Cabin Village at 1 p.m. today and Friday. The museum will remain closed through the weekend. The facilities are not air conditioned and could cause dangerous health risk to patrons, according to the city.

MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the exclusive ambulance service to 15 Tarrant County cities, has treated nearly 300 people for heat-related ailments this year. At this same period in 2017, 180 people had been treated. MedStar offers helpful tips for beating the heat.

Looking for a place to stay cool? The Salvation Army has activated 13 cooling stations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a relief from sweltering temperatures.

Additional details for beating the heat are also available through Fort Worth’s National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/fwd.


The Fort Worth ISD is willing to do what it takes to hire – and keep – good school bus drivers.

Starting immediately, the District will pay a $500 bonus to new bus driver hires who commit to one-year of employment.

Also, both new and veteran drivers are eligible for additional pay when they have perfect or “almost-perfect” attendance. Starting this fall, drivers who complete 100 percent of their routes during the school year will receive an extra $12 per day. Drivers who complete 95 percent of their routes (that means they are only absent five days) will receive an additional $9 a day.

The $500 “new bus driver” bonus will be paid at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

The “attendance payouts” will happen twice a year, in January and June.

To reiterate the details:

New Hire Incentive

Beginning in July any newly hired drivers will be awarded a $500 sign on bonus at the completion of the 2018-2019 school year.

The $500 “new bus driver” bonus will be paid at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Attendance Incentive

ALL fully-credentialed bus drivers will be eligible for this incentive. The pay will be based on the number of instructional days (students are in class) that bus drivers complete all their scheduled routes.

“Attendance payouts” will happen twice a year, in January and June.

Instructional Days for the 2018-2019 total 177 days.

100 percent is defined as a driver completes all of his or her scheduled routes. 100% attendance = an additional $12 per day

95 percent is defined as a driver has no more than five allowable absences per semester. 95 percent attendance = an additional $9 per day

Taxable incentive pay will be paid in the January and June paychecks.

For questions, please contact the Fort Worth ISD Transportation Recruiting Office at 817-815-7918.

Summertime Fun

We asked FWISD employees how they’re spending the summer.

Here’s one response recently submitted to the Inside FWISD inbox:

Julie Ledford, a FWISD gifted and talented teacher, recently attended the weeklong Dare to Discover Summer Enrichment Camp with her daughter at McLean Middle School. During the camp, Ms. Ledford taught a session on games. Dare to Discover is sponsored by the District’s AAIL (Advanced, Accelerated and Innovated Learning) Department.

Let us know how you’re spending your summer.

Email inside@fwisd.org with photos and details of what you’re doing this summer.

Social Media Guidelines

Social media could be an important part of your strategy to connect and engage with with your school community!

If you are ready to create a social media profile for your campus or department, please review the FWISD Social Media Guidelines. These guidelines steer you through the process of requesting a campus or department profile to ensure an appropriate and successful launch.

Do you have additional questions? Contact Kiana King, the District's Social Media Coordinator, at kiana.king@fwisd.org or call the Communications Department at 817-814-1930.

Kiana King, FWISD Social Media Coordinator

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

As a substitute teacher, I was very excited to hear about the incentive program, yet, on the other hand, when I read the date parameters, I was disappointed. I even wrote an email to Orlando Torres (in sub office) about the program, but never received a reply. Please let me give you some background on my subbing last year! I started out at a school as a sub (yes, even the week of in-service) and did six weeks at that school. In January, I took another long-term sub job at another school that lasted until the end of April, a total of 12 weeks (60 days) which included testing for TELPAS and fifth-grade STAAR. Although part of my sub time did fall within the dates listed for the incentive, those days only added up to 39. I do understand that the dates for the incentive include those final weeks of school where it is so difficult to find subs for jobs. I was disappointed in the District for not having some incentive for those of us that do sub on a continual, long-term basis. I wholeheartedly devoted almost 100 days to the children of those schools and "a little extra paycheck" in the month of June would sure be the icing on the cake! Is the District planning on a sub incentive for the coming year? If so, please let them consider those of us who continue to give ourselves to the children/District no matter what the dates! Thank you for your time!


Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cynthia Rincón, Human Capital Management chief, and she has this response to the matter: “First of all, I have to say that we absolutely value your service to the children of this District. Your record of service is noted and appreciated. As you are aware, it is of the most importance to our District to ensure a quality educational opportunity for each child, in each classroom, every day. To that end, the Fort Worth ISD implemented the substitute teacher incentive as a tool to help increase those opportunities for children during the most challenging parts of the school year. We looked at our teacher attendance data as compared to our filled absence data to find the times of year in which we as a District experience the most unfilled absences. This data was used to determine what time frames would be addressed by the incentive. The incentive plan was communicated in a variety of ways so that all substitutes and District stakeholders would be aware of the time frame and would have an opportunity to participate. The results of our investment in the substitute incentive plan have been positive and therefore will be considered for implementation in the coming school year, though no final decision on its continued implementation has been determined. We will be evaluating all factors of the incentive plan and how it has worked for the past three semesters, along with the overall compensation of our substitutes in order to reward them for their work, while being fiscally responsible. Once again, thank you for your service. We certainly look forward to your continued contribution to the education of Fort Worth’s most valuable resource.”

Thank you, Anonymous for your question, and thank you Ms. Rincón for your response.


Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words “Ask Elsie in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Teacher Prep/ In-Service Week Details

Teacher Prep/In-Service days are slated for August 13-17.

Educators will have one full day and time after the District Convocation, Friday, August 17, to prepare their classrooms for the 2018-2019 school year.

Campus principals are responsible for scheduling six hours of professional learning for their teachers, August 14-16. The administrators may choose two half-day sessions, three hours each, or a full day of professional learning, six hours. Registration for the courses is done via Eduphoria, and once a course is full, registration is closed. No on-site registration is available.

Course topics offer more choice and flexibility. They include:

• Curriculum Redesign/ Curriculum Innovation Lab

• Academic Best Practices

• Second Language Acquisition/ ESL Strategies

• Technology Applications

• Fort Worth ISD Learning model Overview

The Professional Learning and Innovation office is currently finalizing off-site locations for hosting the sessions.

For more details, contact the PLI office at 817-814-3400.

#ThankYouThursday: McKinney Church

Thank you, McKinney Church for volunteering in Fort Worth ISD schools!

Throughout the school year, members of the Fort Worth congregation have volunteered weekly at the District’s Westcliff and South Hills elementary schools.

Church members assist in various one-hour mentoring and reading programs including Kids Hope, Read 2 Win and the Good News Club. At Westcliff Elementary School, McKinney Church members have painted playground equipment, remodeled the teacher’s lounge – adding a refrigerator and furniture – and organized the Backpack Initiative, which previously distributed more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies and clothing to students. Additionally, the church is host to an annual holiday fair at South Hills Elementary where families are assisted with gifts to ensure that their children have something to open for Christmas.

The church was mentioned among one of the District’s partnership success stories at this year’s Partner Appreciation Luncheon hosted in February.

Watch this video from the luncheon to learn more about the McKinney Church contribution to Fort Worth ISD.

FWISD Educators, AlumnI, Student to Perform in Third Thursday Jazz Series

Fort Worth ISD educators, alumni and a Young Women’s Leadership Academy student will perform alongside vocalist Audra Scott at the Fort Worth Library’s Third Thursday Jazz series tonight.

The free concert, which highlights literary jazz, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Ms. Scott, who we caught up with this week, said that she’s excited and honored to be among this year’s featured Third Thursday Jazz performers and looks forward to her colleagues sharing their music with the world.

“The audience can expect all elements of jazz from professional musicians that grew up in this city and have made names for themselves in their respective genres,” Ms. Scott said. “The musicians that are a part of this come from all different backgrounds: classical, Broadway, R&B, jazz, and gospel.

“You will hear some jazz standards, some obscure pieces, as well as some originals that will be available for purchase at the concert.”

Ms. Scott, an alumna of O.D. Watt High School, is an award-winning soprano who has performed in opera houses, theaters and concert halls throughout the United States and Europe. She previously taught music at O.D. Wyatt High School and Daggett Elementary. She recently released her first album “A Long Road,” a collection of spirituals and hymns arranged to jazz and classical influences.

She is being joined by Music Mentors of Texas. Cofounded by Ms. Scott and her cousins, Music Mentors of Texas is an afterschool program founded in 2016 that offers free private music lessons to youth “with great potential but [who] lack access or resources for similar opportunities,” according to its Facebook page.

The FWISD educators, alumni and student participating in tonight’s performance include:

Brandi Waller-Pace – general music teacher at Bruce Shulkey Elementary and the 2018 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts. Ms. Pace arranged all the music on Ms. Scott’s jazz album, which will be presented tonight;

Lori Hawkins – music teacher at Dunbar High School on vocals;

David Jones – music teacher at S.S. Dillow Elementary on percussion;

Crystal Scott – third-grade teacher at R.J. Wilson Elementary, stage manager/make-up artist;

Quamon Fowler - saxophonist and band musical director for Music Mentors of Texas (O. D. Wyatt High School alumni);

Keron Jackson - vocalist (Polytechnic High School alumni);

Pearl Young - vocalist (Young Women's Leadership Academy student)

“I have developed a close relationship with the entire choral and elementary music department, however these few people helped me get through the tough times,” Ms. Scott said. “I absolutely love my FWISD family, and I would be remiss if I did not mention that the FWISD choral and elementary department helped catapult me into the musician/teacher that I am today.

“I am extremely excited and proud of what we will offer to our audience on Thursday. We do not get a chance to perform together often because of our personal performance schedules, however we are all elated to share the stage together and to share our music with you.”

Now in its ninth year, Third Thursday Jazz, sponsored by the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, brings “local and internationally acclaimed jazz performers to Fort Worth,” for concerts the third Thursday of the month, May through September according to a library media release.

“I’m proud of the staff that curated a lineup that speaks to the breadth of the jazz genre,” said Library Director Manya Shor in a recent statement.

For more information about the Third Thursday Jazz series, visit ThirdThursdayJazz.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos and video from across the Fort Worth ISD.

FWISD Student-Athletes Compete in Youth Sports Games in Italy


Operation: Safe Child Event Set for July 21

Operation: Safe Child, a program where parents can receive free fingerprints and photo cards of their child, is being hosted July 21 by the Fort Worth Police Department Northwest Division, according to a City of Fort Worth media release.

The event, targeted at keeping children secure, is from 9 a.m. to noon at Chick-Fil-A, 4500 W. Bailey Boswell Road. Participants will receive a coupon that’s good for a Chick-Fil-A treat, according to city officials.

Teachers, please share this information with your students about the Summer Reading Incentive (www.fwisd.org/summerreading)

Education Technology Summer Professional Development classes

FWISD Summer Semester 2018, Continues through July 26

ELITE (Excellent Literacy Instruction to Empower) Summer Institute, Session 2 continues through July 25

Ram Readers Summer Reading Clinic for K-5 Students, Session 2 continues through July 25

University Grill in the Administration Building closed, Monday, July 9- Friday, July 27

Secondary Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities, Register in Eduphoria

Early Literacy Professional Learning Opportunities

AAIL Summer Academy, Monday, July 23-Thursday, July 26

The Advanced, Accelerated and Innovative Learning Department will be hosting its annual summer academy and renewal opportunities for gifted and talented certification July 23-26, 2018. The event will be held at the Applied learning Academy on Camp Bowie, and participants may register on Eduphoria.

Elementary Math Summer Learning Opportunities

Professional Learning Opportunities for Sixth-Grade Literacy, Social Studies and Music Teachers and Campus Librarians, Register in Eduphoria

PowerSchool training, Tuesday, July 31- Friday, August 3, Register in Eduphoria

Yes! Conference, Thursday, August 2, Benbrook High School

Blue Jay Camp, Tuesday, August 7, McLean 6th Grade

Tarrant County Back to School Roundup, Thursday, August 9

Teacher Prep/In-Service, August 13-17

Early College High School First Day of School, Thursday, August 16

Texas Home and Garden Show, August 17-19, Will Rogers Memorial Center (FWISD Teachers and Support Staff tickets are half-price)

Convocation 2018, Friday, August 17, Originating at Board Conference Room, 2903 Shotts St. and streamed to all schools and campuses

Buzz Back to School Event, Saturday, August 18

First Day of School, Monday, August 20

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